44 min., 1998
Written by Marti Noxon
Directed by David Greenwalt
My rating: ★★
School, rednecks, and parenting oh my!
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Buffy and her mom are at the mall when Buffy comes across a vampire hitting on, and about to bite a woman. They fight and he runs off. As it turns out the vampire is one of two brothers and they are supposed to be some really bad asses. While they are running around, the school is having a project where the kids are supposed to be taking care of an egg to help with the idea of parenting. While Buffy is taking care of hers, it cracks open and attacks her. She starts to worry about her friends and tries to warn everyone. But in the end she has to take on a big baddie and the one vampire brother that survives runs off.
Another okay episode with nothing that’s really all that great. I did enjoy the two brothers, as their chemistry was actually pretty good. Other than that, everyone did just a fine job, but then again, all they did is what they do pretty much every episode and the growth in any of the characters has just come to a screeching halt. The eggs attacking and then possessing people is a pretty cool idea (done before or not) and it was handled pretty well.
This is not the worst episode that I’ve seen so far, but it’s far from the best. I hope that Buffy, or any character for that matter, starts to grow a little bit more. Every character is just standing still in their progression and it’s really annoying. But on the other side, the stories, villains and overall plots are getting a little better.
Did they pass or fail the parenting test? Considering that Xander boiled his and everyone else’s pretty much broke, I just wonder if they actually passed.Have You Read...?